Portland to consider expanding, privatizing homeless shelter

Portland's Oxford Street Homeless Shelter. (BDN photo by Troy R. Bennett)

The Portland City Council on Monday night agreed to study consolidating, expanding and privatizing the city’s Oxford Street Homeless Shelter, currently Maine’s largest and only municipally run shelter. The word “privatizing” often brings to mind situations where governments hand over the management of public institutions to private corporations, under the auspice that the corporations can […]

City lines up new finance director

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Tonight, the Portland City Council is expected to name Brendan O’Connell the city’s new finance director, the latest hire in what’s been a carousel of department head comings and goings at Portland City Hall since 2011. With O’Connell’s hiring and the December arrival of new Department of Health and Human Services Director Dawn Stiles, the […]